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Stainless Steel

Stadium façade overall winner 

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Architectural metalwork, structural steelwork and sheet metal contractor Rebcon Engineering took top honours at the South African Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) 2012 Stainless Steel Awards, walking away as the overall winner for the stainless steel fabrication work it... 

Flexible IT system supplied to stainless steel producer

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th October 2012 Stainless steel flat products producer Columbus Stainless has implemented a new information technology (IT) software system, which has enabled it to develop a new operations planning system to improve the facilitation of the planning and execution of its manufacturing processes at its facilities... 

Association expects stainless steel consumption to recover

28th October 2011 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) expects domestic stainless steel consumption figures to recover somewhat in the coming months, after a challenging 18-month period.Stainless steel market on the road to recovery 

Custom-made tables, doorframes supplied to health department

28th October 2011 Industrial products specialist Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-tec) manufactures a range of stainless steel tables and door frames that meet the stringent quality and hygiene standards of the Department of Health. 

Local foundry fired up for Middle East refinery contract

28th October 2011 A multimillion-dollar order for the manufacture and supply of high-temperature tube supports for a Middle East oil refinery has seen local stainless steel foundry Steloy Castings rise to new challenges.  

Stainless steel tags and cable ties now available

28th October 2011 To satisfy a growing demand for reasonably priced stainless steel marking tags and cable ties for use in petrochemicals and other aggressive environments, industrial labelling and wire marking systems supplier Grafo Wiremarkers now offers a locally manufactured range. 

Abrasives range suitable for stainless high-grade steel processing

28th October 2011 The use of Inox, also called stainless high-grade steel, is increasing rapidly across the world in the metalworking, construction and construction-related industries. 

Company invests R15m in new slitting line

28th October 2011 Steel processor and supplier BSi Steel plans to improve the slitting capabilities of its Shearcut division, following a R15-million investment in a precision slitting line imported from South Korea.  

Company adds stainless steel pipe sander to product range

28th October 2011 Power tools supplier Metabo has increased its range of tools for stainless steel processing by introducing the RB 18 LTX 60 cordless pipe belt sander. 

SA stainless steel demand rebounds

28th October 2011 Stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless expects the total South African domestic market for stainless steel flat product to reach around 150 000 t this year.  

Company supplying stainless steel to African projects

By: Celest Smith     28th October 2011 Industrial product trader GIF Products is currently supplying a range of stainless steel products including stainless steel structures, tanks, flanges and piping to six mining projects across Africa. 

New abrasive belt used for stainless steel finishing and grinding

28th October 2011 Technology company 3M has unveiled a new abrasive belt, currently available in grades of 36+, 60+ and 80+, which offers significant advantages in productivity and consistency, as well as longer service life.  

Mobile surveillance trailers for PE

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd October 2010 The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM) will receive full delivery of nine remote surveillance systems, housed in stainless steel trailers worth about R800 000 each, and a mobile control room worth R6-million before the end of October, reports local manufacturer of stainless steel trailers... 

Construction skills shortage benefits stainless steel

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd October 2010 Skills shortages of bricklayers, plasterers and painters in the construction industry have contributed to increased architectural metalwork applications, such as cladding, reports stockist and distributors of stainless steel Euro Steel Cape Town MD Ross Cowing. 

R12m cooling 
project for steel mill

22nd October 2010 Piping solutions company Victaulic and cooling and heat transfer consultancy Evapco have expanded the process cooling systems at the Middelburg, Mpumalanga province, mill of steel producer Columbus Stainless. 

Laser marking for 
stainless steel products  

22nd October 2010 US manufacturer of laser engraving and cutting technology Epilog Laser has taken fibre laser technology and combined it with a flying optics beam delivery system to create the Fibermark laser system for direct metal marking.  

Local company’s 
exports to Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd October 2010 Stainless steel bolt distribution company Bambalela Bolts reports that the company’s export of stainless steel products to Africa has increased, owing to gaining market share as a result of its high and reliable service level.

Bambalela Bolts MD Tania Williamson says that the women-owned... 

Stainless steel production increases worldwide

22nd October 2010 Stainless steel crude steel production for the first half of the year has increased by 44,3% globally compared with the corresponding period in 2009, indicating a much stronger and quicker-than-expected recovery of the global economy, reports nonprofit research organisation the International... 

Primary local supply expected to increase

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd October 2010 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) reports that the primary local supply of stainless steel should increase from 91 653 t in 2009 to 114 684 t in 2010.

Discussing the expected consumption statistics for 2010 at its annual general meeting, Sassda said that the... 

New stainless steel bag dump system

22nd October 2010 A new bag dump system from engineering and manufacturing company Flexicon collects dust generated during manual dumping and compaction of bags, conveys bulk material downstream and is constructed of stainless steel, finished to food, dairy, pharmaceutical or industrial standards.  

Electronic stainless steel pressure switch launched

23rd October 2009 Process electronics and instrumentation supplier Asstech Process Electronics & Instrumentation has introduced a new electronic pressure switch, the Jumo Delos, to the local market.


Local company 
invests in new machinery

23rd October 2009 A recently launched specialist steel cut and supply business Dynamic Steel Trading (DST) has made a significant investment in a new profiling machine. 

Photoelectric sensors 
prevent ingress

23rd October 2009 Automation technology supplier IFM Electronic has introduced the new OG Series photoelectric sensors, able to withstand washdown applications. 

Stainless steel production hits all-time low after nine years

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has released preliminary stainless steel production figures, which indicated the first-quarter production for 2009 was the lowest first-quarter production since 2000.  

Industry association 
redefines its role

23rd October 2009 The board of directors of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has reviewed the operation of the representative body for the stainless steel industry and is redefining its role as an industry association. 

Stainless steel laser 
enters local market

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 With the growing need for product identification and traceability, marking and identification solutions company Traceability Solutions, the sole agents in South Africa for US-based identification solutions company Telesis Technologies, has launched the new EV25 25W Vanadate laser systems to the... 

invests in new pipe plant

23rd October 2009 Specialised stainless steel manufacturer Euro Steel’s has made a significant investment in a new production plant in Wadeville. 

Strong rand and cheap imports hurt exports

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 On the back of the current global recession, South Africa’s export market has taken strain and now, the secondary stainless steel production industry is feeling the effects of a stronger rand and cheaper imports, says tube and pipe manufacturer Jaguar Stainless Steel Tube & Pipe. 

Health and safety 
critical to industry 

By: Carla Thomaz     23rd October 2009 Health and safety are high-priority issues for the stainless steel industry says safety and instrument products provider Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Africa. 

General Profiling commissions new powder coating plant

By: Dennis Ndaba     28th November 2008 Steel profiling company General Profiling has commissioned a new powder coating plant featuring a 14-m camel back oven with dual conveyors and dual spray booths and a seven-stage pre treatment plant. 

New motor hits SA market

By: Darren Parker     24th October 2008 Motor supplier and importer Motorelli has introduced a stainless steel motor to the South African market, supplying a hygienic and durable solution that thus far has been unavailable to local food and beverage processing industries. 

Autoclave innovation captures industry attention

By: Darren Parker     24th October 2008 Platinum-miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has developed a second-stage leach autoclave made of stainless steel duplex SAF 2205 material, an innovation that secured Implats the position of overall winner at the 2008 Stainless Steel awards. 

Stainless steel market suffers current economic downturn

By: Darren Parker     24th October 2008 The stainless steel market is experiencing a slowdown in demand, on the local and international front, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) chairman Sampie van Rooyen. 

New management heralds direction change for industry association

By: Darren Parker     24th October 2008 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is experiencing a restructuring and redirecting of the association's strategic emphasis. 

The China effect

By: Darren Parker     24th October 2008 Since the implementation of China’s economic reform policy 30 years ago, the country has managed to lift an astounding 500-million people out from poverty into the middle class, boasting a current unemployment figure of between 10% and 15%, and a private sector that has grown from virtually zero... 

Metal surface finish technology keeps pace with industry trends

24th October 2008 Rimex Metals South Africa has developed three new finishes for its Illusions range in an effort to keep up with industry trends and establish itself as significant market participant in the field of superior surface technology on metals. 

New company sources fabrication skills

By: Darren Parker     24th October 2008 Within the circles of architects, quantity surveyors, designers and fabricators, the best person for a required stainless steel job is not always common knowledge, especially since the products are so varied and often custom made, says George Whittle of Stainless Steel Architectural Products (SSAP). 

SA arm of global long-products specialist feeling the benefits of construction boom

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th October 2007 For precisely a year now, all Schmolz+Bickenbach AG distribution companies, including Schmolz+Bickenbach South Africa, formerly Swiss Steel International, have been operating under a unified brand name and global corporate identity. 

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